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this is "world news." tonight, backlash. americans pulling mount of companies that profit from selling assault weapons as children across newtown, connecticut,once again get back on their buses and head to school. massive storms out west creating a mess for travelers. how you can make it to your holiday. escape. a tv reporter is free tonight. and standing together. an offer of strangers off kindness, from comforting dogs to a touch of christmas.
good evening. there were signs all across the country today that a lot of americans are turning on the companies which profit from selling assault weapons. four days of 26 children and their teachers were gunned down at an elementary school, some have announced they want no part of the sale of high powered guns. and the president today, with the action he is going to take. we heard from the first time from the powerful national rifle association says they want to make sure a tragedy like this never happens again. chris cuomo with more on this. chris? >> diane, people are moved. the question, which actions will follow? and the answers are starting to take shape. with each body buried, calls for change grow. just today, the white house
voicing support for renewal of the assault weapon ban and that they would take back. >> investment managers announcing the sail of the biggest maker of the assault rifles. what prompted the move, the union said that it was investigating its deal with cerbus. >> people are passionate about this issue. >> reporter: people see it as a step, making assault rifles taboo. >> at the end of the day, it's not the dollar that counts. but the sense. the sense of what they are going with their money. the sense of the weapons we are selling to the general bub lick. >> reporter: but in the wake of the shoots, sales of assault
weapons have jumped. the largest makers and seles of assault rifles. i'm calling to see if bass pro shops -- >> i want to know in cabela's. >> six mikers, none has followed california's lead. dick's sporting goods says it's going to remove some rifles for the time being. only walmart got back to us saying no assault rifles will come off the shelf but they have removed an ad out of respect for the town of newtown. the ad was for an assault rifle used in the massacre. we are are going to keep coming back to companies. and everybody says they want to make a difference to see kbha they actually intoend do. >> as we know, 17 years or more, police unions and chiefs have
been asking for help on assault weapons. is the nra statement new? >> we can't know. it's intentionally vague. they have a press conference scheduled for friday. they want to make contributions to make sure it doesn't happen again. but you cannot under estimate the passion for gun ownership in the country. >> we will see what they say friday. thank you, chris. and friday has been set aside as a day of mourning across connecticut. today, the children from newtown school showed how resilient they are, the single act getting on the school bus. smiling from the windows and reaching out for a hug from a policeman. and dan harris was there. >> reporter: they were greeted at the door with hugs from teachers. the buses bore ribbons in green and white, the colors of sandy hook elementary. there ws serious security. police -- checking every car. but even this officer was giving out hugs.
are there any concerns about safety? >> no, they're in a safe place there. >> as you can imagine, it was pretty difficult. what else are you gonna do? >> reporter: sandy hook itself remains closed indefinitely. classes will resume in an old school some time in january. sara was across the hall from the class that was astacked. >> i was so nervous. i was scared and i will be frightened many days that have. >> reporter: karen's son is a kindergartn kindergartner. >> i'm going to put on a brave face, march up to the door and say hello to the teacher and walk away and cry. it's all so surreal. i just -- it's all just a
nightmare. >> reporter: today, we learned that the officials will make sure the school's new home exactly represents the atmosphere. look at this picture. this child's desk has been set up at the new school, reich down to the detail of this crayon is pain takingly recreated. today, victor cruz visited with the family of a little boy who was his biggest fan. jack pinto, whose funeral was yesterday. after, he tweeted, looking at life through a different lens. many are worried about the psychological impact it will have. but research shows that children are resilient. only 1% of people who department with a traumatic event before the age of 8 went on to have
ptsd. >> thank you very much for reporting. now, we turn to a new development in a terror plot we today you about weeks guy. a 20-year-old from florida from pakistan, planning to carry out terrorist attacks in new york city. we learned he came to manhattan november 23rd studying times square, wall street and broadway theater. officials say he was lone wolf. he returned to south florida where they intercepted him. and the dow jones. what is on the table tonight? is a deal close? how does it affect your family? jonathan karl here with that. jon? >> reporter: with everybody's
taxes at stake here, both sides have made big concessions to try to get a deal. president obama has agreed to limit the cost of living increases for people getting koeshl security. somebody retiring this year. that could mean $130 a year by 2013 and less that have. a big deal for democrats. meanwhile from republicans, speaker boehner has agreed to raise tax rates on the wealthy. specifically those making $1 million a year. there are 280,000 people making that much a year. and alex rodriguez, made $30 million. next year alone, he could pay $1.3 million more in taxes. i got to tell you, despite the concessions on both sides there are is pes mismg here about getting to a deal. the officials will work on a
backup deal to pursue if all talks collapse. >> well, as least concrete things now on the table. jonathan karl reporting in. and all of us in journalism is happy to report that richard engel is free and safe. he was held captive five days in syr syria. as they wrestle for power, i want to bring in abc's foreign affairs correspondent martha radda raddatz. >> reporter: they ambush bid a dozen heavily armed men. one of the rebels they were with was exkutd on the spot in front of them. they were blindfolded, hands down and threatened with death. he talked about it after he was freed this morning.
>> they made us choose who would be shot first. they pretended to shoot gazi several times. >> reporter: gazi is one of the crew. they escaped at a check point after a fire fight where two of the kidnappers were killed. is still an american freelance journalist who is still hostage in syria. is this a reminder how out of control things are in syria. a conflict, as you know that has already clamd more than 40,000 lives. >> so many dangerous journeys into syria by reporters. and we think of all those who live there and who have suffered so much. thank you, martha, reporting in. we did celebrate the news of richard engel today. we move on next to the holiday. exodus under way as 93.3 million americans plan a trip over the
rivers to grandmother's house. the problem, the weather is stirring all mess. here is ginger zee. >> reporter: it's a pre-holiday pounding. after two days of rain aing sogy hill just outside seattle turns into a dramatic mud shrine, cascading through a freight train, sending it right off the track. and near san francisco, the rain caused this sink hole to open up. and the snow, from oregon to lake tahoe, the northwest is covered in white. this reporter showed us just how bad the roads were. >> here is what we are dealing with. really wet snow and making the kids late for school and making it tough for people to get the holiday shopping done on time. >> reporter: that storm tonight is on the move. blizzard warnings in eastern kansas and a snake of watches
and warns from denver to eastern michigan. the result, up to a foot of snow and wind from the rockies to eastern iowa. starting tomorrow and make it to wisconsin by friday. >> okay, ginger is here now. take us through, what travellers should watch for. >> tonight, it's denver. tonight and early tomorrow, and northeast colorado. then we go for the wednesday nebraska and north carolina area. and even northern illinois, just touching of the suburbs of chicago, thursday and friday. you have severe storms and everybody is asking, does it get to the east coast? do we get a white christmas? looks like rain. >> we need a lot of high school day spirit in the errants and on the roads. thanks. and still ahead, the abc news search for sluices. the front lines in the america gun crisis, inside the emergency rooms. what the doctors are seeing that could change the debate.
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>> reporter: 600 gunshot victims treated here last year. more nan all of britain in ten years. what must change now? who would want to see guns get rid of entirely in the country? but the surgeons on the front lines say the real problem is not the gun at all, but the bullets. >> it's the ammunition. >> reporter: this doctor says she can tell when a victim comes in with injuries from an assault weapon instead of a handgun. >> absolutely. it looks like a bomb has gone off on the inside. >> reporter: the bullets travel three times as fast but the bullets are not just to strike but to shatter pun impact, causing extensive damage. and one more longer solution. >> we need to bring the survivors of gun violence to the table. we need to hear their
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and finally, all day, we have been watching as millions of strangers send healing and kindness to the people of newtown, connecticut. some of the ideas are inspired. some of them furry. all of them evidence of what real neighbors coast to coast do for each other. here is abc's amy robach. >> reporter: all over newton, we saw them today. people from across america, the world, pouring in to show support. >> people from japan, cairo, egypt, france, poland. but everybody, even all over the united states here. >> reporter: from portland, oregon, 26 wreaths for each innocent life lost. and from sanford, north carolina, 26 christmas trees donated. >> through the strategy, i wanted them to feel love from
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>> and safety. see, our dogs are safe. they don't bark, they don't bite, they are safe. >> the love that is coming across the country, from around the world. it means a lot to us. >> reporter: individual acts of kindness giving comfort to those who have lost so much. amy robach, abc news, newtown, connecticut. so glad you were with us tonight. always here of the abcnews.com. "nightline" late intersee you again tomorrow night. good night.